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Where did the Scottish Kilgour family come from? What is the Scottish Kilgour family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kilgour family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kilgour family history?

The Kilgour family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. It is a name for someone who lived in Kilgour, which is located near Falkland in the county of Fife. The surname Kilgour belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Kilgour has been spelled Kilgour, Kilgore and others.

First found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilgour research. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Kilgour History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kilgour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Kilgour:

Kilgour Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph and Martha Kilgour settled with their four children settled in Barstable Massachusetts in 1822
  • Robert Kilgour, who arrived in New York, NY in 1833
  • George Kilgour arrived in San Francisco in 1850

Kilgour Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Seth Kilgour arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839
  • William Kilgour, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Christina Kilgour, aged 24, a cook, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan"
  • Wilhelmina S. Kilgour, aged 28, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Kilgour Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Kilgour landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Kilgour, aged 36, a plasterer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Margaret Kilgour, aged 38, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • William Kilgour, aged 4, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Alexander Kilgour, aged 45, a cooper, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841


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  • Fred Kilgour (1914-2006), American librarian and educator, founding director of the 'Online Computer Library Center'
  • Frederick Gridley Kilgour (1914-2006), American librarian and educator, founder known founding director of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center)
  • Robert Kilgour (1714-1790), 39th bishop of the Diocese of Aberdeen of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1778 to 1788)
  • Robert "Rab" Kilgour (b. 1956), Scottish former footballer
  • Donald "Don" Kilgour (b. 1946), former Australian politician
  • Joseph Kilgour (1863-1933), Canadian silent film actor
  • Lennox Kilgour (b. 1928), former weightlifter and Olympic medalist from Trinidad and Tobago
  • David Kilgour PC (b. 1941), former Canadian politician
  • Darris Kilgour, head coach and general manager of the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League, inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame (2007)
  • David Kilgour, New Zealand musician from Dunedin


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  1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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  4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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The Kilgour Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kilgour Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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